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Earn your MSN in Nursing Administration at Messiah University

MSN – Nursing Administration

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Earn your MSN in Nursing Administration and prepare for an administrative role.

Are you a leader ready to be an advocate for patient care in the field of nursing? Then advance your career as a nurse administrator. Messiah University’s MSN nursing administration track will prepare you to lead successfully at the nurse manager and executive level.

“I chose Messiah because I believe in integrating Christian faith into your academics.”

-Elizabeth Seigendall

Overview
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Why Messiah?

MSN – Nursing Administration overview

Messiah University’s master’s in nursing program will help you grow as a professional who leads through ethical decision making, critical thinking, developing effective teams and building professional collaborations in your field. In partnership with our MBA program, this degree track brings together cutting-edge nursing science and practice with executive management skills.

Degree paths

MSN nursing administration

Messiah University’s MSN nursing administration track will prepare you to lead successfully at the nurse manager and executive level. Our flexible, 38-credit program is designed to fit the schedule of working nursing professionals.

RN-MSN nursing administration

This customized degree program offers two options: one designed for registered nurses who have earned an associate degree or diploma in nursing, and a second for registered nurses who have earned an associate degree or diploma in nursing and a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field. Both options enable students to streamline their education to earn a Master of Science in Nursing that will advance their career in nursing administration.

Program details
  • 38 credits
  • 180 clinical practicum hours
  • Online coursework
  • No-fee tuition
  • No application fee
  • Courses are offered online in 6-, 8-, 14-, and 16-week sessions
  • Three year completion, two-year fast-track option for motivated students
Careers
  • Nurse administrator
  • Director of nursing
  • Nurse manager
Accreditation

The baccalaureate program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Messiah University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Messiah University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education. It is the highest accrediting authority recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for degree-granting colleges and universities located in Pennsylvania, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and several other locations internationally.

The baccalaureate program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Messiah University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

MSN – Nursing Administration courses & curriculum

The curriculum and coursework for Messiah University’s MSN is designed to be immediately relevant to your area of study and career. Don’t have a BSN yet? Check out our RN-MSN or RN-BSN program information. 


Nursing Administration Track (26 credits)

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) nursing administration track will prepare students to serve diverse patient populations in a variety of healthcare settings. Students will grow as a nursing professional who leads through ethical decision-making and critical thinking and who develops effective teams and builds professional collaborations. In partnership with Messiah’s MBA program, this degree track brings together cutting-edge nursing science and practice with executive management skills.

Business Strategy and Execution

This course focuses on values-led organizations, examining topics such as vision, mission, core values, strategy, planning, and management execution. In addition, this course provides opportunities for students to apply management techniques to aid in strategic planning and execution in a changing business environment, and to examine how faith informs and gives purpose to business and profits.

BUSA 501 / 3 Credits

Strategic Thinking, Planning and Organizational Change

This course focuses on the leader’s role in strategic thinking, planning, and organizational change. Students will examine best practices in assessing an organization’s readiness for change, change management implementation, and strategies for coping with resistance to change.

LEAD 505 / 3 Credits

Organizational Effectiveness

This course focuses on theories, approaches, and techniques to evaluate, measure, and maximize an organization’s effectiveness at achieving its desired outcomes. Students examine how leadership, organizational structure, people, work processes, policies and procedures, systems, and organizational culture influence effectiveness.

LEAD 550 / 3 Credits

Nursing Administration and Executive Leadership I

This course focuses on nursing administration in healthcare environments. Key concepts include leadership and management theory, change theory, inter-professional collaboration, technology in healthcare, organizational structure, strategic planning and resource management. Emphasis is placed on applying key course concepts through clinical practicum experiences. Application of evidence-based practice occurs through capstone project development. Nursing administration and nurse executive core competencies are emphasized.

NURS 560 / 4 Credits

Nursing Administration and Executive Leadership II – Capstone

This course focuses on the practice of nursing administration in healthcare environments. Key concepts include resource management, performance appraisal management, information management, laws, regulations, and healthcare policy implementation, risk management, sustainability management, healthcare ethics, and characteristics of leadership excellence and evidence-based practice development for promotion of population health. Emphasis is placed on applying key course concepts through clinical practicum experiences. Application of evidence-based practice occurs through completion of the capstone project. Nursing administration and nurse executive core competencies are emphasized.

NURS 562 / 4 Credits

Collaboration in Inter-Professional Teams

This course introduces the foundational concepts of working in inter-professional healthcare teams. Key areas of discussion include communication skills, inter-professional interactions, team dynamics, group management strategies, leadership and facilitation skills, problems posed by dysfunctional groups, and change theory.

NURS 620 / 3 Credits

Health Policy and Legal Aspects of Healthcare

This course focuses on legislative, regulatory, and private health policy that provide the framework for how healthcare is delivered in the U.S. Key points of discussion include healthcare policy translation, insurance coverage, Medicare and Medicaid, and future health policy issues.

NURS 631 / 3 Credits

Economics of Healthcare

This course introduces microeconomic principles, laws of economics, and economic theory to address market driven issues of healthcare. Key points of discussion include economic and regulatory responses to market changes, dynamic adjustment in healthcare markets, resource use, and strategies for economic decision making.

NURS 640 / 3 Credits

Core Requirements (12 credits)

Health Informatics

This course provides an introduction to health informatics in healthcare environments. An inter-professional approach is used for students to explore the use of health informatics for practice, administration, health policy, and education areas of healthcare. Emphasis is placed on the selection and use of healthcare information systems to promote quality and safety in healthcare.

NURS 500 / 3 Credits

Statistics for Evidence-based Practice

This course focuses on the development of skills needed to understand statistical analysis and reasoning. Emphasis is placed on comprehending the use and relevance of statistics in nursing research.

NURS 501 / 3 Credits

Nursing Research Design and Methodology

This course focuses on the critical appraisal of nursing research and methods of inquiry to guide evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on the skills and knowledge needed to critically appraise and determine the strength of evidence available to inform issues of current nursing practice and education.

NURS 502 / 3 Credits

Christian Philosophical & Ethical Foundations of Healthcare

This course focuses on a Christian perspective of ethical theories and principles for application to moral dilemmas within the social context of healthcare. Emphasis is placed on professional responsibility and accountability, patient’s rights, social justice, and principles of analysis used to resolve moral and spiritual dilemmas encountered in all areas of healthcare.

NURS 506 / 3 Credits

MSN – Nursing Administration tuition cost

No-fee tuition

Know what you are paying for with Messiah’s no-fee tuition. With our graduate programs, the cost per credit is what you pay – there are no hidden fees for labs, courses, services or technology. We put the true cost of your program upfront so that you can accurately compare and plan for your graduate education. There are additional costs to the program not billed through Messiah University (background checks, clearances, course materials, clinical expenses, etc.)

2021-2022 tuition per graduate credit hour: $725

Tuition cost for the entire 38 credit-hour program at the 2021-2022 rate: $27,550.

Graduate students are eligible to apply for federal financial aid.


Next steps for admissions

Applying for admission to a graduate program at Messiah University is the first step to making your personal and professional goals a reality.

Admissions requirements for the MSN
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an ACEN, CCNE, or CNEA accredited program (or equivalent) and an institution that is regionally accredited by one of the following: Middle States, New England, North Central, Northwest, Western and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
  • Completed application
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate nursing courses and prerequisite courses leading to registered nurse (RN) licensure and a baccalaureate degree in nursing.
  • Official transcripts indicating the degree earned
  • Personal Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals in the healthcare field
  • Resume
  • Minimum of one year of recent professional nursing practice prior to taking NURS560.
  • Grade of C or better in the following undergraduate course: statistics and research (as a separate course or integrated concept).
  • Unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse (United States and territories)
  • Proficiency with basic computer operations (download, upload, email, website navigation), Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and PDF files.
Next course start dates

Summer 2021
Early summer: May 16
Late summer: June 20

Fall 2021
Early fall: August 22
Late fall: October 24

How to apply

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Flexible. Respected. Faith-based.

What makes our MSN program unique?

  • CCNE accredited nurse educator and nursing administration programs
  • The academic distinction of a nationally ranked, accredited Christian university
  • The flexibility of online coursework
  • Messiah University nursing graduates are well respected and in demand
  • Nursing faculty are experienced Christian educators, nursing professionals and accomplished scholars who mentor you in your education, faith and career
  • A MSN that can be completed in as little as two years
  • Deferred payment options are available
  • Flexible program start dates

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